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Re: Francisco Franco - Potitical Battle Over Franco's Body
PBS is indeed liberal (in the U.S. sense). Here is their own explanation of their relationship to the U.S. federal government: http://www.pbs.org/publiceditor/blogs/pbs-public-editor/how-do-federal-get-to-your-local-station/
It would seem that having Franco reinterred in the middle of Madrid would be worse than having him where he was before. Something of an own goal by those who agitated to have him moved? I wonder what the Vatican's position will be?
After watching the video it is obvious that, even if PBS is a public tv station, the US federal government does not rule it. For US standards, it can be considered a quite “liberal” report. The only Spanish polititian interviewed, that Miguel Urban, does not belong to a left party, but to an extreme left party, being him one of the most radical members.
About the King’s intervention, he has already signed the Royal Decree-law allowing the exhumation. That is all his role in this situation.
The most recent episode is the Government trying to press the Vatican to avoid Franco being buried at the Almudena Cathedral. That would be a terrible PR campaign for the Govt. Having his remains in the city centre is clearly a bad “business”.